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Volume 14, No. 5

June | 2013

Serving the Heart of San Diego | A Publication by Presidio Communications

A Father and His Two Daughters Share a Love for Music

by by Patty Patty Ducey-Brooks Ducey-Brooks

In honor of Paul McCartney’s birthday, a tribute to his music will be performed by guitar virtuoso Fred Benedetti and his vocalist daughters Regina and Julia, with special multi-instrumentalist Jeff Pekarek. They will perform at 8 p.m., Saturday, June 15 in the showroom of San Diego Jet Ski Rentals, located at 4275 Mission Bay Drive at Rosewood Street in Pacific Beach. Continued on pg. 3

Mission Hills Community Plan update.


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Is That All There Is? By George Mitrovich

Jim Wallis, America’s leading prophetic voice on social justice, came to The City Club of San Diego recently to speak about his new book, “On God’s Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn’t Learned about Serving the Common Good.” In his speech, Jim said: “At the height of America’s near economic collapse during George W. Bush’s presidency, seven percent of the wealthiest people in our country saw their incomes rise 28 percent; the other 93 percent saw theirs decline four percent!” As I have often written in the 89 monthly columns preceding the one you read, the greatest threat our democracy faces is not from terrorists but by the ever widening divide in wealth. No democracy can long stand when one percent of Americans control 43-percent of the wealth and the next four percent control an additional 29 percent (source, Forbes Magazine). Assuming Forbes is right that five percent of our citizens own 72 percent of all wealth the other 95 percent own only 28 percent. Forbes also went on to point out in the article I reference, “Average America vs. the One Percent” (April 21, 2012), the average annual income of the “one percent is $770,000

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compared to the average income of the rest of the population, which is around $51,000.” Alan Dunn, who wrote the Forbes article, then writes, “The real disparity between the classes isn’t in income, however, but in net value. The one percent are worth about $8.4 million, or 70 times the worth of the lower classes.” These figures did not come from The Nation or The Progressive or some other publication of the left, but from capitalist loving Forbes. William Warren Sweet in his Methodism in American History (1954) quotes the church’s council of bishops during the Great Depression in 1933, when one-quarter of the nation was unemployed, as issuing a statement which warned that depending upon the old economic formula was, “to trifle with a terrible catastrophe…The naïve faith in our present economic Gods must go…no system built upon poverty, suffering and injustice can no longer be allowed to go unchallenged. “The concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a steadily narrowing minority, the control of the means of production and distribution, the ownership of resources of the nation by the privileged few threaten the

economic freedom and security of the people as a whole.” The bishops’ statement was 80 years ago. Is any part of what they said then, in a time that ranks among the darkest periods in our history, untrue today? In the 2012 presidential campaign President Obama often spoke of restoring the “Middle Class.” But at no time then, nor in the five months since he was entrusted with a second term, has our president mentioned the poor among us; meaning in his public statements he ignores 40 million Americans – 40,000,000! Which is not to say this administration’s policies do not assist the poor, they do, and they do in ways that would be unthinkable in a Republican administration (as that party is presently constituted and as it continues its war against the less fortunate among us), but more is required, beginning with President Obama using the powers of his bully pulpit to call attention to the plight of the poor. But as great as that need is, there is a greater need, one the president has substantively ignored – what to do about the wealth divide in the USA? True, occasionally he bring the subject up, but my sense is he does so in the politics of the moment,

to placate a certain audience, not because he holds an in-depth concern that America’s future is threatened. Can I categorically state the president lacks long-term concern over wealth and the ruinous divisions it has created? I just did. But I do not make that charge because I believe there is a short-term solution to income disparity, because I don’t, but unless the president appeals to the better angels of our nature and calls all of us, from Wall Street to Main Street to come together, this condition, like cancer ignored, will destroy the body, soul and spirit of the people of the United States and consign us permanently to third world status. Or, to put it another way, as it relates to Mr. Obama, while I allow he has the intellectual gravitas to understand the problem (he prefers you not know he’s an intellectual) the greater question is whether he also has the moral commitment to act upon his understanding? In the 53 months of his presidency, while he has been morally right on any number of positions he has taken, policies backed and causes endorsed, there is sufficient Continued on page 7


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Consensus Reached on Mission Hills Land Use Recommendations for Community Plan Update By Barry E. Hager






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plan update; (2) Protect the historic nature of Mission Hills Development where appropriate; (3) Support land use changes that increase options for pedestrian and transit activity and encourage community interaction; (4) Encourage re-development that enhances the viability and sustainability of commercial neighborhood serving businesses where appropriate; and (5) Encourage diversity in the population of Mission Hills in terms of culture, income, and age by providing a variety of housing choice and cost. Board members of both groups worked closely together to craft a consensus on recommendations. Recognizing that a compromise was possible, both groups adjusted their recommendations to coincide. Both groups now recommend preserving the single family areas, while allowing for reasonable new development in the commercial core areas and along Reynard Way. Both groups will also push for a new community park on Reynard Way around the Magic Rug Cleaners building. (Please see the map that accompanies this article for the final MHH recommendations.) Many Mission Hills residents and members of both groups attended recent meetings of the MHTC trustees and Uptown Planners to have their voices heard. Particularly influential were the opinions of many residents of South Mission Hills between University Avenue and Pennsylvania and between Eagle and Hawk, known as “Area 8” on the MHH planning map. The result of this consensus is a strong, unified set of recommendations that carries the weight of many voices and the support of majority of the community. There are still many hurdles to clear before these recommendations come to fruition in the new community plan. A battle is brewing that will play out during the final approval of the community plan at City Council, as many promoters of development will be pushing for high density in all older neighborhoods of San Diego. But with a unified voice, Missions Hills residents can preserve our historic neighborhood while accommodating reasonable new development. We wish to thank the community for


With votes of their governing boards, Mission Hills Heritage (MHH) and the Mission Hills Town Council (MHTC) have reached complete consensus on land use recommendations for the Uptown community plan update. Uptown Planners, the official planning advisory board to the City for the Uptown community, then voted to support the recommendations at its April 2013 meeting. MHH first unveiled its land use recommendations during a public meeting in the summer of 2010. The primary goal of the recommendations was to preserve the historic scale and community character of the neighborhood, recognizing that Mission Hills is a mature, built-out, mostly single-family neighborhood of homes built in vintage architectural styles that cannot be replaced. The underlying problem is that many blocks of single family homes in Mission Hills are currently zoned for multi-family housing under the outdated 1988 community plan; also the commercial and mixed use areas of Mission Hills (centered on Goldfinch and Washington) can be built to heights and densities that are out of scale with the community. However, there is a growing public awareness within Mission Hills of the importance of preserving the community character and historic resources of the neighborhood. With this in mind, MHH created and distributed recommendations for changes in the land use designations and zoning that would preserve several blocks of single family homes currently zoned “multi-family” and lower the potential densities near and in the commercial zones and Reynard Way so the bulk and scale of any new development would not overwhelm existing community character. Early drafts of land use maps released by the City’s planning department incorporated most of these recommendations. Beginning last year the MHTC board of trustees decided to weigh in on the community plan update and studied the existing community plan. The MHTC adopted several guiding principles in constructing its recommendations. They were: (1) Ensure that the quality, ambience, and character of Mission Hills is enhanced through the community






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supporting these recommendations and urge everyone to remind our elected officials how important these changes are to our neighborhood.

Barry Hager is a board member of Mission Hills Heritage and has lived with his family in Mission Hills for fifteen years.

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Is Our Drinking Water Safe? By Patty Ducey-Brooks

Almost two years ago, against the wishes of the majority of San Diegans, our tap water began being treated with hydrofluosilicic acid (artificial fluoride), not calcium fluoride. What I have learned with the assistance of scientists with the EPA, dentists and chemists is that artificial fluoride is 35 times more toxic (lethal dose 150mg/ kg as opposed to 5,000mg/kg) than calcium fluoride. It also binds to bones and tissues to a far greater degree than natural fluoride, thus causing myriad potential health disturbances. To demonstrate how people can make a difference, this past month a broad coalition of Portlanders resoundingly rejected adding fluoridation chemicals to the city’s water supply. By a 61 percent to

39 percent margin, Portland voters agreed with the position of most western nations that there are safer, more effective, and less intrusive ways to promote oral health than adding a chemical linked to thyroid disease, IQ loss, and other ailments to the water supply. Portland’s clean water campaign was spearheaded by Clean Water Portland (CWP), a broad coalition formed in August 2012 after a newspaper revealed secret ongoing fluoridation meetings with Portland City Council members that were illegally kept off the record. With virtually no public input, the City Council mandated fluoridation for the city on September 12. CWP then led an unprecedented effort that gathered over 40,000 signatures in less than 30 days to halt the mandate and force the referendum vote.

Additionally, this past month, Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a bill that requires chemical companies to fully disclose all the chemicals they are dumping into Utah’s water along with the toxic fluoride which has been represented for more than 60 years across the U.S. as a means of preventing dental caries. The bill – H.B. 72 – is not designed to permanently stop water fluoridation or make a statement about whether fluoride’s rewards (its alleged property of preventing dental caries) outweighs its risks for causing various types of cancer, osteoporosis, MS and a host of other diseases. The bill is simply designed to force companies such as Thatcher and Mosaic Chemical to disclose exactly what is contained in the entire witches-brew batch of fluoridation chemicals being dumped in Utah’s drinking water.

The fluoridation companies came under intense scrutiny after Utah’s analysis of various spills and releases of the fluoridation chemicals revealed that in addition to fluoride, there were several other toxic chemicals far in excess of allowable limits for safe drinking water – chemicals that included aluminum, arsenic, lead, mercury and beryllium which, when mixed with fluoride, become especially active and dangerous to human health. What does this mean for those of us in San Diego? It means it is time to bring this information to our new mayor, Mr. Filner, and our council members. It’s time they also ask the question that the governor of Utah poses, “What chemicals are you putting in our drinking water, and what harm can they create?” To learn more about this topic, visit San Diegans for Safe Drinking Water’s web site:

the soulful spirit of Otis Redding and contemporary musical icons Alicia Keys and Adele. Knowing that Fred Benedetti is a very accomplished guitarist, I asked when he and his daughters became a trio. He shared with me that while he was performing at the Four Seasons/Aviara Resort in Carlsbad that the opportunity to perform together became reality. He was asked if he knew of any vocalists. He said he had two daughters who performed with him. However, they were under 18 years of age and would that be an issue. He was told it wasn’t a concern. That’s when the trio began to develop their music repertoire. Today, his daughters, Regina who is 24, and Julia who is 22, have regular musical engagements. What I also learned is that Fred began playing the guitar at age 9. It was at that time that he started to perform Beatles’ music with a folk rock sound. Around 15 years of age he took a serious interest in classical music and then dedicated himself to becoming one of the most notable guitarists in the world. Equally at home playing classical music or contemporary music, he records on the SBE label and DOMO records with four

noted ensembles: Keltik Kharma (a celtic band), The Odeum Guitar Duo, Peter and Tripp Sprague, and the Benedetti/Svoboda Guitar Duo. As a BMI affiliated composer, Fred has written numerous contemporary pieces for the international CD library company Network Productions and as a studio musician for 20 years his playing is featured on over 60, numerous movie soundtracks, and TV commercials. He has shared the stage with Art Garfunkel, Basia, Michael Franks, Mark O’Connor, Michael Hedges, and Ottmar Liebert, and has recorded with Willie Nelson, Juice Newton, Paul Overstreet, Patty Loveless, Tom Barabas, Big Mountain, Matthew Lien, Ronny Robbins and William Lee Golden. He has performed for dignitaries, such as the king and queen of Malaysia, Mikhail Gorbachev and President Jimmy Carter. Fred is proud to state that the music industry was the right career choice for him, and he is honored to be sharing the stage with his two talented daughters. They will perform at 8 p.m., Saturday, June 15 in the showroom of San Diego Jet Ski Rentals, located at 4275 Mission Bay Drive at Rosewood Street in Pacific Beach. I am looking forward to their performance.

Share a Love for Music Continued from cover page

Family harmonies and creative arrangements are the hallmarks of the Benedetti Trio. Fred Benedetti, whose guitar playing has taken him to international venues with the likes of Dave Brubeck and

Luciano Pavarotti, joins his two vocalist daughters Regina and Julia. Together, the Benedetti’s cover a wide variety of musical genres from the relaxing sounds of Jack Johnson and Jason Mraz, to


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Eavesdropping with Literary Intentions

Patty Ducey-Brooks

By Alice Lowe I was minding my own business— really!—sipping a cappuccino and reading the latest New Yorker at Pappalecco one morning when I became aware of three women chatting at the next table. One of them took out a book with a striking purple and green cover and passed it to the others. When I overheard words like “editor” and “publisher,” my eyes and ears perked up, and I was able to glimpse the title of the book. “Desert Mojito” — hmmm, great title. I went home and googled it, and there it was, a newly-released first novel by San Diego author Nazli Ghassemi. Eager to find out more about a new local author, I contacted Ghassemi and confessed my eavesdropping. Happily she agreed that my “writerly” curiosity justified my actions, and we made a date to meet (at Pappalecco). Ghassemi is a dynamic and interesting woman, and getting to know her was a treat. She related the eclectic background and experiences that she brings to her writing. She was born in Iran and has lived in France and Switzerland, New York and Miami. She holds a degree in Biomedical Engineering from UCSD and has worked as a dance instructor, hotel receptionist, businesswoman, translator, simultaneous interpreter, ghostwriter, and, currently, ESL teacher. She wrote “Desert Mojito” while working and living in Dubai. The best way I can describe “Desert Mojito” is as an exotic and culturally diverse “Sex and the City. ” The protagonist, Maya Bibinaz Rostampisheh-Williams, was born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin to an American mother and an Iranian father, raised in Iran, and now resides in Dubai, where she sees her job as “living a decent life in this indecent world. ” The novel follows Maya and her 30-something friends through a maze of romance, religion, lust, and tradition in an overthe-top city where modernity collides at top speed with the pillars of tradition. One reviewer wrote: “The Middle East . . . funny – who knew?! “Desert Mojito” delivers humor, romance and pounds of sass to the multi-layered quagmire that is the Middle East. ” Ghassemi cites the writing of Tolstoy and Nabakov as her inspiration, but her reading tastes are eclectic, as you can imagine, and global: she mentioned titles by Milan Kundera, Haruki Murakami, Dave Eggers, J. K. Rowling, and others. She didn’t include Jane Austen, but I can envision Maya as a modern-day Elizabeth Bennett, searching for her suitable mate among candidates that include Mark, the American entrepreneur, as her Darcy and the shadowy Paolo as an Italian Wickham. Maybe that’s a bit of a stretch, but the


point is that stories dealing with relationships and romance shouldn’t be dismissed. They’re ingrained in our literary lore, and the good ones always have a larger context than meets the eye. While she’s written what on the surface appears to be a contemporary romp, Ghassemi says that the novel has a greater purpose. She sees it as a vehicle to broaden understanding among diverse Nazli Ghassemi has embarked on a year-long book tour peoples, to that includes the biggest event in North American publishing. show how we can respect each other and get along and die, it can introduce the idea that in spite of outward differences. In if we try to understand each other, we this vein, her promotional activities may even become friends. ” include presentations on “Doing Ghassemi has embarked on a yearBusiness in the Middle East” in long book tour that includes the biggest cultural diversity programs for event in North American publishing, companies like Travelers Insurance. BookExpo America, in New York. “My intention for writing the book She’ll be juggling book promotion was to have a humorous and educational with her teaching commitments in San book come out of that region,” says Diego and her writing, another novel in Ghassemi, and she underscores this progress. On her return from New York in the epigraph she chose from Maya she will be reading, discussing and Angelou: “Perhaps travel cannot signing “Desert Mojito” at Warwick’s prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating in La Jolla on June 9 as part of their that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, local author series.

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The Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project will extend Trolley service (light rail) from the Santa Fe Depot in Downtown San Diego north to the University City community, serving major activity centers such as Old Town, the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and Westfield UTC. The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)—which will develop the project in partnership with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA)—has prepared a draft environmental document analyzing potential impacts of the project. To learn more and comment, come to one of these five public meetings being held along the route of the proposed extension:

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Leading Dog Daycare Franchise Seeking Franchisees

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Dogtopia, a leading national dog daycare and spa franchise, announced that it has signed its first regional developer (RD) agreement with Jim Rowe for the San Diego County area. Rowe is now seeking franchisees to own and operate nine new Dogtopia locations throughout the region, with opportunities to convert existing dog daycare and boarding facilities to the Dogtopia brand, as well as target key real estate opportunities for new locations along the 5 Freeway corridor. Additional opportunities exist along the 15 Freeway, extending north to Temecula. Since Dogtopia launched in 2002, it has grown to 22 franchise and four company-owned locations nationwide, as well as six locations currently in development. Dogtopia’s design mirrors that of a chic, upscale spa. Laid out in a similar manner as a children’s daycare facility, Dogtopia has multiple playrooms to suit every dog’s personality and size. In addition to daycare and boarding, many Dogtopia locations also offer a spa, self-service dog wash, and a boutique to pamper dogs of all shapes and sizes. For more information regarding Dogtopia franchise opportunities in San Diego and Temecula, contact Jim Rowe at or call 619.365.4321.

Dogtopia has multiple playrooms to suit every dog’s personality and size. Pembrook is a one-year old bull terrier mix that wrote the book on how to have fun. Whether he is wrestling with one of his dog friends, romping around in a wading pool or playing fetch, Pembrook’s playful antics and adorable goofiness will most certainly steal your heart. And you will never find a more loyal friend. He is quick to bond with his human friends and is always happy to see them and make them feel special. If his lovable spirit and admirable intelligence isn’t enough, he’s also an extremely good-looking dog. Pembrook is currently located at the San Diego Humane Society’s 5500 Gaines Street in San Diego. For more information, call (619) 299-7012, or visit Huxley is an eight-year old, American pit bull terrier mix. HThis adorable guy is extremely smart and willing to do almost anything for a treat. Huxley loves playing with toys and going for plenty of walks. He’s active and athletic, and would love to learn new tricks that he can show off. He already knows how to shake and roll over. Huxley is known to make a lasting impression on everyone he meets. He will do best in a home without cats and children over the age of 16. His adoption fee includes his neuter, current vaccinations, permanent microchip identification, a certificate for a free veterinary exam, a gift from Hill’s Science Diet, and a license if residing in Oceanside or Vista He is at the San Diego Humane Society’s North Campus, located at 2905 San Luis Rey Road in Oceanside. For more information, call (760) 757-4357 or visit

Tips to Protect Your Pets in a Disaster As the lead agency in any disaster, the Department of Animal Services suggests you include all of the following in your pet disaster plan: • A pre-designated place outside of the disaster area where you and your pets can stay such as a friend or relative’s home or a pet-friendly hotel. • Crates for your pets that are large enough for them to stand, turn and lay down comfortably. • Identification tags on your pets, a license tag for dogs and an ID tag for cats. •  Microchip your pets and register them with Animal Services and the microchip company. • Current photographs of you with your pets. • Leashes, collars, bowls and toys for each pet. • Current veterinary records and medications for each animal. • Food, water and litter for up to seven days. • Practice your plan. It takes longer than you think to round up all of your animals and get them safely in the car.

If you’re away from home during a disaster, call Animal Services’ 24-hour Emergency Dispatch line at (619) 236-2341. An officer will be sent to your home to rescue your pet.

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Flat Bellies: Tips That Really Work

By Blake Beckcom Had a little too much “comfort food” and lack of movement these last months? Maybe you’ve put on a few pounds around the middle? The summer bathing suit season is just around the corner, so if the pooch in your belly is the pain in your mirror, now is the time to do what it takes to get rid of that pooch once and for all.

Why do some of us gain weight around the middle and others not? Where you tend to store body fat is related primarily to your genetic disposition. If you have an excessive amount of body fat, and heredity dictates storage around the middle, then unfortunately you will gain fat in the abdominal area. That said, many women notice abdominal weight gain when they go through menopause. This is because hormonal shifts can change the way the body breaks down and stores fat — hence a redistribution of body fat and the tendency for it to accumulate in the belly as women grow older. This tendency is particularly unhealthy, as excessive abdominal fat, especially the deep abdominal fat, called visceral fat, increases the risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and certain cancers. What really works to get rid of stubborn belly fat? The good news in the battle of  belly bulge is that there are three scientifically proven lifestyle changes you CAN make that when combined together are the best way to attack that fat around the middle and flatten your belly.

Three Tips for a Flat Stomach: •  Eat a nutritious, calorie-controlled diet. Excess body fat, whether it’s in the stomach or the thighs, is the result of routinely consuming more calories than you expend. Now is the time to change those unhealthy eating habits. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and good fats. Eat breakfast, don’t skip meals, drink lots of calorie-free liquid, and eat small, frequent, lighter meals at home. Watch your portion sizes and calculate your daily calorie intake to ensure you’re eating the right amount to lose body fat at a safe rate. • Daily cardio exercise. Calorie-burning cardio exercise is one of the best ways to target stubborn belly fat. This is because stomach fat is more metabolically active and when you exercise, you target that area for fuel. What’s more, when you burn those calories up, you reduce your percentage of body fat, thereby shrinking those belly fat cells. This will allow you to see those abdominal muscles you’ve worked so hard in the gym to define. • Strength training. While you can’t “spot reduce” belly fat, you can strengthen and tone the abdominal muscles. That way, once you lose that extra fat around the tummy, you’ll be able to clearly see that toned flat stomach. Keep in mind that a single abdominal exercise won’t make a flabby stomach into washboard abs. Plus, there are certain abdominal exercises that are much more effective in strengthening and tightening the middle than others. Your flat tummy workout should incorporate exercises that target

both the deeper and the lower abdominal muscles. For example, the rectus abdominus muscle is the most common target of abdominal exercises such as crunches. This is a postural muscle; it’s also a paired muscle that runs vertically and has distinct segments on each side. The rectus is responsible for the “six-pack” visible in toned athletes. Another important “core” muscle is the transverse abdominus, buried deep beneath the rectus. This muscle, though often neglected, also helps flatten the stomach. It runs horizontally and acts like a girdle, strengthening the core and decreasing risk of back injury. Beating belly fat has long term effects, on multiple fronts, so get moving. Reduce the pooch! Better movement with better nutrition equals less fat, which equals better health, which leads to better outcomes. The overall benefits of daily physical activity are numerous: • Reduces the risk of heart disease by improving blood circulation throughout the body • Keeps weight under control • Improves blood cholesterol levels • Prevents and manages high blood pressure • Prevents bone loss • Boosts energy level • Helps manage stress • Releases tension • Improves the ability to fall asleep quickly and sleep well • Improves self-image • Counters anxiety and depression and increases enthusiasm and optimism

In older people, helps delay or prevent chronic illnesses and diseases associated with aging and maintains quality of life and independence longer.

functions, and is the organized part of our personality, having reason and common sense. This is when the ego employs defense mechanisms. These functions are often not conscious and are an effort to bridge conflicts between the id, reality, and the super-ego. We all have a few standard defense mechanisms that we regularly use. They can be from barely noticeable to annoying to others or even get us in serious trouble with the law. Denial is a very popular defense mechanism. “I did not take it!” We already hear from a little kid that wanted the cookie, who knows it is not allowed to take it, but took it anyway and does not want to get in trouble after being confronted. Denial is supposed to wash over discrepancy. Fantasy is a defense mechanism that I wish would replace defensiveness more often in this world. Wouldn´t it be better to deal with a person´s fantastic ideas as opposed to defensive anger and blame? Some of the defense mechanisms are usually only known to mental health professionals in detail, like dissociation, projection or splitting. Others have found their way into every day speech, like

rationalization, intellectualization or identification. Humor is an excellent defense mechanism. I agree that dark humor or hurtful sarcasm can get stale quickly, but bridging an inconsolable difference with some humor is much better than most of the alternatives mentioned above. Say the id wants to grab some merchandise without paying for it. Instead of this action, turns to a staff member and jokes, “I´m tempted to hide in the store beyond closing time, just so I could wear all those shoes at

night without having to pay for them.” Lame it might be, but much better than agonizing over the impulse or even acting on it. The super-ego constantly monitors the ego and punishes with guilt, anxiety and feelings of inferiority. The Ego itself is leaning a little more towards the id. I see the ego like a juggler, having id, super-ego and reality constantly in the air. It can be very exhausting. In that light, maybe we can give ourselves a break at times and be less judgmental about the size of our own or somebody else´s ego.

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Ego : Good or Bad?

By Mrs. Freud This is the third part of Sigmund Freud´s structural model of the psyche - the ego. Most of the time this term has a negative connotation and gives the impression that it is standing in the way of being a nice person. Having a “big ego” speaks of someone being overly invested in a topic, and having a “big ego” all together does usually describe a person who we are not likely to want to befriend. But according to Freud, the ego is an important part of the psychic apparatus and a busy one at that. One of its main tasks is to negotiate between the other two parts of the psyche, the id (the instinctive side) and the super-ego (the internalized moral side). On top of that it also takes in reality and adds that to the mix. It is mostly conscious, but also has subconscious and unconscious parts to it. While it is “keeping it real,” it is not always easy to marry the primitive and the moral part in ourselves, no matter which reality we are in at any given moment. It has defensive, perceptual, intellectual-cognitive and executive

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Financial Planning for the Terminally Ill Is That All There Is? Preparing for the Worst

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By Rick Brooks Unfortunately, this seems to have become a theme for me lately as a colleague and a client both recently asked me to help them prepare for an imminent death in the family. Estate planning in general is a complex, difficult and often emotional process. Having to rush the planning by doing it in the midst of a serious illness can compound and exacerbate an already difficult process at the worst possible moment, so it’s always best to plan ahead. When you know that the end is near, it’s a good idea to review your plans to ensure that nothing is amiss and things will happen more or less as you expect. For example, I was recently asked to review the estate plan of a couple who have been married for 25 years. It is a second marriage, and she told me her husband is terminally ill and she didn’t trust her stepson with money because of past drug problems. As I reviewed her estate, I realized she had named this stepson as co-executor and cotrustee of her estate, placing him in a position to make financial and medical decisions on her behalf if she were ever incapacitated. She was horrified. The list of things that should be reviewed is extensive and grows as your personal finances become more complex. The basics, however, include: Copies of all statements and documents. Do you have a current list of all assets and liabilities? Do you have all necessary information for them (account numbers, institution name, etc.)? Make sure you have copies of insurance policies, deeds, etc. Make sure you or somebody you trust knows how to get to any hidden assets, especially safe deposit boxes. Review your estate documents. This should seem obvious after

the story I related above. If you are unable to follow the legalese, have an estate specialist review them with you to make sure you understand what will happen and how your planning will affect your assets. If you don’t have an estate plan, you should seriously consider it. Even a last minute will can save you time, money and difficulty. Check that assets are properly titled. If you have a trust, ensure that your major assets have been transferred into the trust. Check that you know how an asset’s titling will affect its ownership when your loved one passes away. Never assume that something will transfer the way you want unless you’ve reviewed it with a professional. Review your beneficiary designations. This may be hard for the healthy spouse to do on his or her own without a power of attorney for financial affairs, but you should at least try, if only to find out what you don’t know or can’t access. I’ve seen cases where divorced exspouses or even deceased parents were still beneficiaries on life insurance and retirement accounts, so cleaning this up can be important. Make sure that the beneficiaries of these assets are who you want them to be. Review special bequests. Do your heirs know which of your valuables are going to whom? Discussing this with them ahead of time or laying out your wishes in writing can head off family grief and strife later on.

ambiguity about other issues to leave open the question on the depth of his moral commitments. Now, he has 43 additional months to demonstrate his concern and willingness to design an answer to the great wealth divide. But we won’t know that absent his leadership and absent a great rising up by the rolled over and run over Middle Class and America’s poor; pushing hard for change and accepting nothing less than substantive change – change that benefits the many even if it comes, as surely it must, at the expense of the few. And therein, my brothers and sisters, is the rub. There is no chance in hell the wealthy among us, those one percenters, or five or seven, are giving up a nything unless they can be convinced their children’s futures are at risk in a society riven by class warfare – and what we witness today is merely a presentiment of what will come (or do you think the French Revolution was just an aberration of history; or one peculiar to France, but before you say yes, please know their revolution was inspired by our own). So how does that happen? How do we initiate the change we need? It starts with you and me demanding of our political “leadership” they act, not with the next election in mind but with the next millennium, not

out of concern for their own political futures, but ever conscious of the future of 310 million Americans – and counting. I do not know if our president’s hubris keeps him form seeking the counsel of others apart from his inner circle, but if he did he might learn the first step in narrowing the wealth divide is by fixing our tax code. A fact made abundantly clear when we learned that Apple, which at one point had more cash reserves than the United States of America, avoided $74 billion in taxes. Fixing the unfair and immoral tax code of America is essential to resolving the wealth divide, but that also requires presidential leadership – and on this critical issue this president has offered little if none. I entitled this essay with those haunting words sung by the great Peggy Lee, “Is that all there is?” By which I mean is this all there is, the circumstances of present day America? I don’t think so, but our collective reality is that unless there is a great movement by The People, beginning with you and me, this will be all there is. George Mitrovich is a San Diego civic leader. You may email him at

Is there enough cash on hand to pay the bills? What will happen to pension, Social Security and other payments after death? Is there enough cash on hand to pay the bills for a few months while any cash flow issues are taken care of?

Clearly, this is only the beginning. I’d be happy to share out full list with you if you need it. Nothing can prepare you for the passing of a loved one, but careful planning ahead of time can help ensure that emotional distress isn’t compounded by financial hardship and chaos.

Byline: T  his column is prepared by Rick Brooks, CFA, CFP®. Brooks is Vice President for Investment Management with Blankinship & Foster, LLC, a wealth advisory firm specializing in comprehensive financial planning and investment management. Brooks can be reached at (858) 755-5166, or by email at brooks@ Rick and his family live in Mission Hills.

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LEAD San Diego’s 11 th Annual Visionary Awards More than 900 civic and community-minded individuals celebrated leadership and collaboration at the 11th Annual Visionary Awards, Southern California’s premier leadership recognition event, on Thursday, May 23 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. “Because LEAD San Diego’s mission includes inspiring and recognizing leadership and civic engagement, we were proud to showcase these outstanding leaders and their collaborative efforts,” said Vicky Carlson, president and CEO of LEAD San Diego. The Neil Morgan Award for Lifetime Achievement was awarded to Joan and Irwin Jacobs who chair and serve on numerous committee and support groups. LEAD Graduate of the Year was awarded to Dr. Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Jones, Class of 1993 Founder, Foundation for the Children of the Californias, a trinational collaboration between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. Economic Opportunity Award was given to Bruce Boland, Thella Bowens and Robert Gleason of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, for their roles in The Green Build and the Airport Authority’s $1 billion improvement project. The Ronald Kendrick Memorial Award for Regional Collaboration was given to Malin Burnham, Bill Geppert, Bob Kelly and Peter MacCracken, who are collaborators on Our Greater San Diego Vision,

Back row, from left: Peter MacCracken, Ahmed Sahid, Bob Kelly, Bruce Boland, Thella Bowens and Robert Gleason. Front row, from left: Bill Geppert, Dr. Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Jones, Jerry Sanders, Carolina Bustamante Aubanel (representing her father, Carlos Bustamante), Joan Jacobs, Irwin Jacobs and Malin Burnham.

a four-year, $2.4 million effort that resulted in a framework designed to capture the community’s vision for the future of our region. The Charles Nathanson Memorial Award for Cross-Border Region Building was given to Tijuana Mayor Carlos Bustamante and Jerry Sanders, former San Diego Mayor, for their collaboration to advocate for increased cooperation between the cities on both sides of the world’s busiest border crossing The Community Spotlight Award was given to Ahmed Sahid founder, president and CEO of the Somali Family Service of San Diego

Navigating Today’s Market— Top 10 Strategies to Find and Buy a Home That You’ll Love 1. Choose the right agent. A good agent can relieve much of the stress of house hunting. Interview a couple of agents to find the right chemistry and look over their record of sales in the past year.

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2. Get preapproved for a loan. A preapproval letter—or lack of one—can mean snagging or missing the perfect home. It helps you stay realistic about price, puts you more at ease during the process, and gives you an edge over other bidders. 3. Don’t look at too many homes. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and confused if you look at too many homes or seek too many opinions from friends and relatives. Make a “must have” list of the features that are non-negotiable, versus just “wants” or “wishes”, and have your agent help narrow down the field. 4. Keep an open mind. Often times, buyers will start a search looking for that perfect Craftsman bungalow only to find that the features and amenities they crave are in a sprawling midcentury ranch house. Be open to suggestions from your agent, who might show you something you didn’t know you would love. 5. When you find a home you like, learn about the neighborhood. A large part of your satisfaction with daily life revolves around the amenities, schools and businesses where you live. Try to meet some of the neighbors. 6. Never buy without a home inspection. You can’t rely on what you see in a walk-through. Always get that home you’re buying checked over by a certified home inspector and follow through on any additional inspections he recommends. 7. If you don’t understand something, speak up. A good agent will run through the home buying process and what to expect at the outset of your search, but if you don’t understand any part of the paperwork, process or terminology, ask. 8. Submit your highest and best offer upfront. In markets that are doing well, prime properties receive multiple offers. There may not be an opportunity to haggle. Make sure it’s a realistic offer and submit it with a list of comparable sales to support it. 9. Be prepared to compromise. To come up with a winning bid, you might have to tailor it to a seller’s needs, such as a longer or shorter close. Don’t expect sellers to consent to repairs that amount to upgrades or remodels, and don’t lose a house you love over something small like carpet, appliances or countertops. 10. Don’t get emotional. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and tension of bidding, but don’t overextend yourself. Be comfortable with everyone in your transaction.

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Growing on Air By Barb Strona

Imagine a plant that lives on air, requires very little attention, uses almost no space (It can even be grown vertically), and it can take both extreme heat and cold as low as 32 degrees. Paul Isley, co-owner of Rainforest Flora, spoke to the San Diego Horticultural Society about Tillandsias, also known as air plants. Isley has nearly forty years’ experience with these plants. Although originally he travelled all over the world collecting them, over the past 25 years he has not imported any; they have all been propagated at the nursery. “99 percent of the plants at our nurseries were and are produced there,” he said. If you start them from seed, the plants need from six to twenty years to mature. Isley and his partner did something right. The Tillandsia is a genus in the Bromeliad family, of the genus epiphytic, and many of the plants are true epiphytes meaning they can grow with no soil. Because the plants absorb water and nutrients through their leaves, they do not need to compete for space in the soil as most other plants do. Many species are natives to

Latin American deserts; our Southern California climate is too dry for too long making their existence here naturally too difficult. Others come from tropical rain forests. Isley says that “with a garden hose, it’s amazing how well they can grow as long as they are not out if/when it freezes “ These plants are easy to grow. They will take low light as well as bright sunlight (which they prefer if becoming more colorful means they like it). Ideally a white or fuzzy leafed plant fairs better without direct exposure to the sun whereas the darker, smoother leafed plants like it. They all need light, food, water, and air. If the leaf edges curl up toward each other more than normal, it is a sign that the plant is drying up. However, it will revive or rehydrate if placed under water for 12 to 14 hours. The water should be either bottled drinking or rain water; distilled water is not advisable unless “it has just a tad of fertilizer in it.” Even if the leaves remain curled up and mechanical cell damage has occurred, the plant itself will survive and grow new leaves. Isley recommends using this submersion method for watering indoor Tillandsias. After removing the plant,

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take care not to let the centers remain wet. To avoid rot the centers of all Tillandsias must never be left with standing water. Shake the excess moisture off the plant. Tillandsias breathe (respire) through their leaves at night. If the leaves are wet, the plant cannot respire. Keeping your plants hydrated by misting is tricky because the plant may not receive enough water but might be left with a saturated center. Again, the Tillandsias with whiter or fuzzier leaves are more prone to rot if they have excessive moisture. The Tillandsia is a genus in the Bromeliad family, of the Isley explained, “The genus epiphytic, and many of the plants are true epiphytes meaning they can grow with no soil. leaves cannot respire gases (breathe) when the epidermis on a hook tied to a string. It is easy to (skin) is wet.” As long as the leaf find room for them. “Tillandsias have fabulous blooms,” surfaces are dry most of the time, they will be fine. However, when it is hot Isley told us adding that “some and dry, remember that these plants species are wonderfully fragrant,” need more frequent watering. Once such as Tillandsia duratii, T. crocata, their leaves are wet, stop watering; they T. purpurea, and T. straminea. They cannot use more. The darker leafed usually bloom in winter . Humming plants are less delicate and can handle birds or moths and butterflies, attracted by their fragrance, can pollinate them. more heat and more water. They all like a bit of food – a half Seeds ripen in the seed pods which teaspoon of bromeliad fertilizer dehisce (open up) dispersing the seeds such as Epiphyte’s Delight , per before the onset of the rainy season. gallon of water is ideal. For plants Tillandsia seeds all have a fuzzy, that are to be submerged, keep the cottony attachment on them (similar water and food mixture in a sealed to a dandelion’s) that allows them container. You can keep using it to to travel on air currents to land and feed the plants. Do shake or stir the germinate in new locations. When grown in optimal conditions water before using it to distribute the nutrients. Add water as necessary to of bright light and sufficient water and air movement, most Tillandsias bloom completely cover the plants. Air plants can be displayed in a annually, reproducing readily. These variety of ways. Many people fasten offsets grow up over the following their Tillandsias to whatever they year, repeating the process each year wish to mount them on with Tilly until you have a sizable clump of plants Tacker, a styrene based adhesive that which can be spectacular. According is completely water-proof and is used to Isley, this is another great advantage at room temperature. A hot glue gun to growing these plants, “They stay will work as long as you don’t burn with you through thick and thin. the plant. Any waterproof surface Your kids grow up, people sometimes will suffice from Styrofoam to walls. get divorced; there are all of life’s Southern California has an ideal challenges, but your Tillandsias will climate for Tillandsias. Even though stay with you!” On June 26 Ben Zlotnick who they like heat, they also prefer cool nights. Having a portable plant may majored in ornamental horticulture facilitate this. One method of keeping will share information with us about the plant portable is to glue Velcro to wild birds and how to attract them. it. Then gluing another piece of Velcro Meetings are from 6 to 8 p.m. at on the wall will permit easy removal Mission Hills Nursery, 1525 Fort for watering or shaking off excess Stockton Drive. Members are free; moisture. The plants can even be hung guests pay $10.00.

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2013 ACIS Collegiate Fitness National Championships

San Diego State University Takes First Place

San Diego State University took home the gold at the 2013 ACIS Collegiate Fitness National Championships held recently at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. Student athletes Mike Nguyen, Jack Waddell, Aimee Orozco, and Lindsay Miller competed against student athletes from universities across the country in a series of fitness events including a Navy Seal obstacle course, BMX bike race, beach volleyball, and even tug-o-war tournament on the former training grounds of many famed U.S. Olympians. The annual competition is hosted by American Collegiate Intramural Sport (ACIS), the nation’s largest participatory college sports program

with over three million student athletes in its network. ACIS creates opportunities for students, schools, and national brand sponsors to mutually benefit through sports and fitness-related programs on university campuses. The 2013 ACIS Collegiate Fitness National Championships is an opportunity for top-performing college athletes across the country to challenge themselves in friendly competitions and to be rewarded for their hard work. The event will be aired in its entirety on Fox Sports San Diego and other national Fox network affiliates. For additional information on the ACIS 2013 Collegiate Fitness National Championships and the champions, visit

San Diego State University took first place; second place was a tie between Cornell University and Baylor University.

Junior Achievement’s Entrepreneurs’ Showcase Young entrepreneurs from Harmonium advance to the national competition This past month, at Junior Achievement of San Diego’s The Next Big Thing: Entrepreneurs’ Showcase presented by Cymer, Inc., nine student-run companies competed to be named the Student Company of the Year. All part of JA Company Program, the student entrepreneurs came from Barrio Logan, City Heights, Chula Vista, Poway, San Marcos and Mira Mesa schools for a chance to advance to the Junior Achievement National Student Leadership Summit in Washington D.C. this summer. The judges from Cymer, HewlettPackard, Intuit, Point Loma Nazarene University and Big Bamboo, LLC picked the winners based on their marketing and financial performances, professionalism and business pitches. During the two eight-minute pitches, Re-Boxed from Harmonium wowed with their products—eco-

friendly shadowbox photo frames— winning the first place trophy. Westview High School’s Beyond, Inc. took home second place for their clothing line promoting unity and self-value. Winning the third place and The Best Showcase Award, Westview’s Active Youth Sports, presented their afterschool sports clinic for elementary school students. Junior Achievement USA® also announced Re-Boxed as one of the 15 companies in the nation to go to the Junior Achievement National Student Leadership Summit in June. At the summit, the team will make a commercial about their product, give a presentation to a judging panel and will compete in a trade fair. Plus, through a series of hands-on workshops, students will learn teamwork and leadership skills while developing feasible business solutions to society’s most pressing challenges.

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Mission Hills’ Resident Hosts City Tree Christian School Events By Patty Ducey-Brooks This past month, Virginia Whitelock of Mission Hills hosted an event at her home to introduce City Tree Christian School to me and other individuals who might not know of its existence. City Tree Christian School is located at 320 Date Street in the Bankers Hills area and currently has 220 students enrolled. City Tree Christian School offers programs for preschool (ages 2-5), elementary (grades K-5) and middle school (grades 6-8). The mission of the school is to serve as an outreach of First Presbyterian Church, committed to integrating educational excellence with the teaching of Jesus Christ found in the Bible. The children who attend the school are both ethnically and socioeconomically diverse. The principal, Sue Kennedy, said that the goal of the school is to educate children from ages two through eighth grade, with an

emphasis on mind, body and spirit. Five of the 15 students graduating from eighth grade were also present to perform with musical instruments, accompanied and directed by their music instructor. Later, the students made short presentations on the school and how they have benefitted from attending City Tree Christian School. I found their musical presentation and speeches to be very professional and quite mature for 14-year old girls. All of them were poised and confident during the Q&A session that followed. Also present were two parents whose children have attended the school. Both had only glowing remarks about the schools’ strong academic program. They both said that the school motivates academic excellence, but also provides a framework through which children learn to develop critical and analytical

reasoning skills, appreciate the arts and creative expression, develop strong minds and bodies, and become model citizens and leaders. City Tree Christian School is currently accepting applications for

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Excellence in Historic Preservations

Mission Hills Heritage (MHH), Council Member Kevin Faulconer, and Chism Brothers Painting received a 2013 Excellence in Historic Preservation Award from the City of San Diego Historical Resources Board in a ceremony in the City Administration Building on May 23. The partnership was honored for preserving San Diego’s history and heritage by helping to install six new bronze plaques on two century-old pillars constructed to mark the entrance of the Inspiration Heights subdivision of Mission Hills.

MHH Advisory Director Ron May of Legacy 106, MHH members Dahlia and Gordon Hunt (former MHH Trustee), and Contractor Jim Stafford received an award for their outstanding recent restoration and designation of the beautiful 1913 craftsman house at 1915 Sunset Blvd. University Christian Church members, Jonnie Wilson, Phil and Mary Ellen McMahan, Linda Wilson and Kathy Johnson received the Community History Award for “A Bright House on a Dark Street: Celebrating the Ministry of the University Christian Church.”

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Painting, sculpture, photography, glass, jewelry and mixed media are among the fine art to be found at the 27th Annual La Jolla Festival of the Arts™ (LJFA), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23 atop the lush UC San Diego Warren Field. For the past 26 years each June, the fine arts festival has brought the West’s most established and emerging artists to coastal San Diego, with proceeds benefiting San Diegans with disabilities. LJFA will feature nearly 200 prestigious local and national artists, delectable cuisine and live music in a scenic environment where guests can stroll with a glass of wine or craft beer while interacting with artists. As La Jolla’s first fine arts festival, LJFA has established a longtime legacy of supporting local charities and organizations. One hundred percent of the net proceeds will be given to over 30 San Diego programs that empower locals and wounded warriors to live beyond their disabilities. Beneficiaries include: Cal-Diego

The Point Loma Artists Association will be holding their annual “Art in the Park” exhibit featuring paintings, sculpture, glass, wood and textiles all created by local artists. The event is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 22 in the grassy area around the Hervey Point Loma Library, 3701 Voltaire Street, Point Loma 92106. For additional information, visit

Paralyzed Veterans Association, San Diego Adaptive Sports Association, Helen Woodward Animal Center and Sharp Rehabilitation Services. The Festival, will showcase soughtafter fine art including brilliant watercolor and oil paintings; serigraph (a print made by the silk-screen process); glass, ceramic, paper, wood and metal sculptures; exquisite jewelry; photography and more. The intimate setting enables guests to engage with artists, explaining their unique inspirations and techniques. “This is not a street fair, but an elegant, high quality art and entertainment event surrounded by the aroma of delicious food, fine wine and craft beer,” said Ted Peña, festival director. Guests can enjoy live music from Dave Scott and Monsoon Jazz, the Jazz 88 All-Stars, Fred Benedetti and Peter Sprague, and the Rockin Jazz Big Band. Tickets can be purchased online for $12 through June 21st; $14 tickets at the door. Active duty military and children ages 16 years and under are free.

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Author Bhava Ram Holds a Book Signing Event

Bhava Ram will hold a book signing event from 7 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 18 at Mission Hills Books and Collectibles, located at 4054 Goldfinch Street, San Diego, CA 92103. In “Warrior Pose, How Yoga (Literally) Saved My Life,” Bhava Ram’s latest book, he provides a gripping memoir of life as a war correspondent, the challenges of a career lost to a broken back and cancer, and the process through which he healed and transformed his life through the Vedic Wisdom of Yoga and Ayurveda. Ram is a former network news war correspondent whose career was abruptly ended due to a broken back and failed surgery. Declared permanently disabled, he was heavily medicated and confined to a body brace. Years later came a diagnosis of stage four cancer and prognosis that survival was not possible.


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On the brink of death, Ram left western medicine, detoxified from all medications and found mind/ body medicine. Through the sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda, Ram healed himself and now devotes his life to helping others reclaim their inherent power to achieve profound selfhealing, overcome life’s greatest challenges, find their authentic voices, and manifest their fullest potential. Ram is a graduate of the Kerala Ayurveda Academy of India, among the most prestigious teaching schools for the science of Ayurveda. He is also a graduate of the American Institute of Vedic Studies in Advanced Yoga and Ayurveda. He serves as faculty for select Yoga Journal Conferences and Yoga Alliance Leadership Conferences. He is registered at the highest level with the YA as an ERYT-500.

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Participating businesses give shoppers a chance at thousands in prizes during free June “Explore Morena” raffle promotion. It’s easy to win in the Morena District’s “Explore Morena” prize raffle from June 1-30. All people have to do is visit any of the dozens of businesses and drop in a business card or entry form into one of the raffle boxes. All prizes have been provided by businesses in the Morena District, on the east side of I-5 between Clairemont Blvd. and I-8 along Morena Blvd. and West Morena Blvd. and adjacent side streets. Grand Prize Package entry boxes are only at U.S. Bank on Napa at Linda Vista and Jerome’s Furniture on Morena Blvd. There is only one entry per person per location, but people can enter at as many locations as they wish, plus on the website at Entrants will be eligible to win exciting Morena District prizes including $1,000 diamond earrings, power recliner, $500 “designer” rug, home decorating items, home improvement and home services. In the personal care area, there are chiropractic, dental, facial, massage, hair salon, dry cleaning and fitness services. For foodies seeking new taste experiences, there are gourmet foods,

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“Extraodinary Chambers”

Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company Announces Cast and Creative Team

Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company announced the cast and creative team of its upcoming production of “Extraordinary Chambers” by playwright David Wiener. The show will begin previews on Thursday, June 6, 2013 and run to Sunday, June 30, 2013 at The 10th Avenue Theatre in downtown San Diego. “Extraordinary Chambers” is the story of an American couple who travel to Cambodia to set up a contract for telecommunication centers. Their innocent business trip is derailed as they realize they’ve become personally entangled with Khmer Rouge victims and survivors. They face a moral dilemma, pitting their personal needs and greed against questions of justice and complicity. Shining a light on Cambodian history, “Extraordinary Chambers” brings to question how far one is willing to go to survive. Mo`olelo’s Executive Artistic Director Seema Sueko briefly returns to direct this play from Washington, DC, where she has been in residence at Arena Stage through the TCG Leadership University grant, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Molly Smith, the artistic director of Arena Stage and Ms. Sueko’s mentor through the TCG program, will join Mo`olelo during the previews of “Extraordinary Chambers.” The cast is led by Greg Watanabe, who returns to Mo`olelo following his Off-Broadway run in David Henry Hwang’s “Golden Child” at Signature Theatre to tackle the role of Dr. Heng. Watanabe had previously appeared at Mo`olelo in “Yellow Face” and “How I Got That Story.”

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The Old Globe presents its 2013 Shakespeare Festival starting with “A Esther K. Chae, Yale MFA Midsummer Night’s Dream,” which graduate and solo show artist, is directed by Ian Talbot. It runs from portrays the complex wife of Dr. June 2 through September 29, 2013. Fall under the spell of Heng, Rom Chang. Local actors, Manny Fernandes, Erika Beth Shakespeare’s most joyful popular comedy. Phillips, and Albert Park play the and American couple Carter and Mara Filled with magic, humor, music and spectacle, and their Cambodian driver. The creative team includes the merriment unfolds David F. Weiner (scenic design), in an enchanted forest Jeannie Galioto (costume where fairies play tricks unsuspecting lovers design), Jason Bieber (lighting on design), Joseph Huppert (sound and bumbling actors are design), and Elizabeth Stephens transformed beyond their wildest dreams. With a magic (stage manager). “While this play is set against potion that grants love at the backdrop of a country that is first sight, anything can, and still recovering from genocide, it does, happen. is, in a strange way, a love story. It is love that motivates many of the characters in this play to make the difficult and sometimes brutal choices that allows them to survive,” says Sueko. This production and its accompanying Consensus Organizing work is supported in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Jay Whittaker appears as Oberon and Krystel Lucas Arts, the City of San Diego Comas Titania in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Photo is courtesy of Snaps Studio. mission for Arts and Culture, Qualcomm Foundation, Nordson Foundation, Wells Fargo, and Mandell Weiss Charitable Trust. Concurrent to Mo`olelo’s production of “Extraordinary Chambers,” 10th Avenue Arts Center resident artist Gerald Montoya will curate an exhibit of works by local emerging artists in the 3rd floor gallery of The 10th Avenue Theatre. The exhibit will run from Monday, June 3 through Sunday, June 30 and open one hour prior to each performance of EXERCISE REDEFINED “Extraordinary Chambers.” To help you reinvent your body For tickets and information on and resurrect your soul “Extraordinary Chambers,” visit www. or call 619-342-7395. OUR SERVICES • Corrective Exercise for Pain Management • One-on-One Personal Training • Semi-Private Training • Chiropractic Care • ART® Provider

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Blinkit Photography By Aubree Lynn Writer/Producer/Stylist

In case you’re wondering about the title of this article, it’s correct. If you have yet to hear of Blinkit Photography, then let me enlighten you on the husband and wife duo that I have had the pleasure of working with on the past few projects. Mike and Stephanie Gines have been operating their photography firm for two years in an industry that has been identified as having an “over saturation of artists.” Most who have been in the industry for at least seven years, photographing celebrities and or high-end designers and clients. Since their two-year endeavor, the Gines’ team has worked on City of Inland Empire projects and various entertainment awareness campaigns. With an amazing “eye behind the lens and computer graphics expertise” their photos become extraordinary photographic images. My first experience with this creative team was when they asked me to style a shoot for actor Darren Darnborough. I was more than thrilled to work with them and, for the first time, style a man. The mood board was a touch of beauty that was well thought-out, with a title of Envisage and a definition of “something not yet existing, conceived as a possibility or a desirable future event.”

With this inspiration, I immediately hit the ground running with stores in mind to select attire and accessories. Dolcetti Boutique I chose for street wear, and Boutique De Marcus for the GQ look. When Darren Darnborough and I started talking about his style, coloring and body structure we then went to an additional source for clothing, Rudsak, a personal friend of Darren’s who generously offered many style options. Manny, who owns The EkQuality Style Hause/ The Gent’s Closet, also was a noteworthy contributor to Darren’s wardrobe. After the wardrobe selection, I had more Darren Darnborough, photographed by Blinkit Photography, was than enough styling options, so styled by Aubree Lynn. Contributing to the photo shoot were clothing designers Antonio Rivas the fun began. and Boutique De Marcus and glasses by Dolcetti Boutique. The team consisted of Mike and Stephanie Gines, Artemisia Rivas a four-part location shoot with nearly minds working as one. Ultimately, a Jewelry Designer and yours truly, eight wardrobe changes. We emerged concept, a vision and a common goal Aubree Lynn as stylist. There was no as a solid and fluid team. It felt as if were achieved. This is my passion, my hair and make-up (got to love guys) as we had been doing this together during love and one day WILL be my life. As we say after a photo shoot, “You’ve we began scouting shoot locations. I Blinkit’s full two-year term. As the night came to a close, just been BLIKID.” was in my element and started zoning To learn more about Aubree Lynn, in on Darren to determine the concept friendships emerged, a team was built, and the execution. The day turned into professionalism evolved with creative visit


Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) first met in their twenties, reunited in their thirties, and now, in director/co-writer Richard Linklater’s “Before Midnight,” they face the past, present and future. Jesse’s a successful novelist, and they’re in Greece at a writer’s retreat, staying in the bucolic country villa of an older expat writer, Patrick (Walter Lassally). As a treat, their Greek friends have gifted Jesse and Celine with a night at a luxurious seaside hotel while they babysit their young twin daughters Ella and Nina (Jennifer and Charlotte Prior). Feeling the undercurrent of friction between them, Celine wants to beg off, but their friends insist.

They set off on foot through the spectacular countryside, enjoying each others’ company, talking, teasing, debating, flirting. But for Jesse and Celine, realities intrude: the weight of children, work, ambitions, disappointments and the strains of an evolving, deepening relationship. Their idyllic night tests them in unexpected ways, and before the clock strikes midnight, their story again unfolds. “Before Midnight” is 108 minutes long, Rated R, and opens May 31, 2013 at Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas. For information and times, call (619) 819-0236, or visit www. Film times and dates are subject to change.

Champagne and Chapeaux Still looking for the perfect hat for opening day at the races? San Diego’s newest hat shop – Jill Courtemanche Millinery – is hosting Champagne and Chapeaux events to help you create the perfect look for the Del Mar Racetrack. Present your best outfit ideas and she will help you choose and design the perfect chapeau to match. She’ll even provide the Prosecco. The sessions take place from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursdays, June 13, 20, 27 and July 11 Private appointments are also available. Jill Courtemanche Millinery is located at 410 South Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach. For information, visit www. or call 858-876-6353.

Mademoiselle, is a formal topper of pale yellow vintage straw trimmed with ivory silk organza bow and feather puff. Photo courtesy of Jill Courtemanche Millenery

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Courting the Trees

By Charlotte Tenney, MA Integrative Medicine

Selecting new trees for the Trees for Health Garden in Balboa Park is somewhat like dating. Friends make introductions in hopes of a good match; some are encountered by accident in the course of daily life; and then, (being a modern woman) there is a lot of online searching. My latest love interest for the arboretum is tall, dark, foreign and mysterious with an intriguing name: upas. It was the name that got me. There I was, driving down Sixth Avenue, counting the streets in alphabetical order … Ash, Beech, Cedar, Date and so on. I reached Redwood, Spruce, and Thorn. Suddenly, there was Upas Street, right exactly where I make my turn into the park to arrive at the Trees for Health. Obviously, due to its inclusion in the series, it was a tree. It turns out that upas (Anticaris toxicaria) was well known a century or ago, when San Diego was growing fast and needed new street names near downtown. It was so well known that Susan B. Anthony used it as a metaphor in a speech about women’s rights. It was well-enough renowned that the Russian poet, Puskin, wrote a poem about it and it was used as the name of a children’s Christmas book . The Victorian era found this tree fashionable due to the commercial exploration and exploitation of tropical areas of Africa, Java, India and parts of Australia, where this tree flourishes. Its latex-like sap was used by natives for poison-tipped arrows for hunting, its bark for making fabric for clothing and tapestries and its

edible fruit prized for refreshment. Its toxic sap yielded a cardio-tonic medicine that could be used much like digitalis. Well, you can see why I was attracted. When I did the background check on line, this upas had a lot to offer. The only draw-back has proven to be that upas is hard to locate. Being elusive only makes it more attractive. So far, I haven’t been able to find any place that has this tree in cultivation for sale … not even seeds. It doesn’t have a Facebook page either. Previously I have been seduced by A heron is spotted in the Trees for Health Garden in Balboa Park. such colorful characters as banaba, Ylang ylang, African sausage and soap bark. Each and protect the upholstery from stains. African sausage one of these had its own fascinating story fraught with fruit has traditionally been used for all skin ailments family history, industrial successes, sense of humor and by native peoples and has recently been developed a healing touch. Who would not be charmed, smitten into an effective treatment for skin cancer. Soap bark, going by the botanical name of Quillaja, can be found and motivated to get better acquainted? Banaba is a member of the crepe myrtle family and as a sudsing agent in shampoo, root beer and fire its leaves have been used for controlling blood sugar extinguishers. Yep. I am a sucker for a good story. If you’d like to in diabetes and used to assist in weight loss programs. It is now available in capsule form on the supplements hear some more of the tales told by the tall trees, join me shelf. Ylang ylang’s flowers are distilled into a fragrant at the County Fair in Del Mar. I will be there at 1 p.m., essence that was mixed with coconut oil to create “oli Sunday, June 16 at the stage south of the horticulture of Macassar” a popular hair tonic of Victorian times. building. I will gossip with great abandon about the Its use was so prevalent that it forced the invention of trees that captured my heart and won my (gardening) a household item called “antimacassar,” a crocheted hand. Feel free to share with me some of your own cover intended to absorb excess hair oils of trendy men amorous adventures with arboreal specimens.

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Lotsa Luck

By Laura Walcher It was a warm and sunny Monday morning … and while I should have been recovering from the weekend’s activities, I was instead racing up Fifh Ave. for a pre-arranged walk with a buddy. No biggie … Until I tripped No, really tripped. Careened down the street, a-gasp, struggling to maintain balance, already terrified, barely braced for the for-sure fall I was about to take. It didn’t happen. Instead, 25-ft. later, I staggered into a tree, which I‘m willing to bet had never been hugged like that before. What a save! And on my way, still recovering, gingerly watching carefully for new obstacles, a sad and lonely $50 bill looked up at me from the sidewalk. Whoa! I promise, I looked around, seeking its owner, but the street was empty. Actually, empty except for the guy walking behind me, with whom I would have split the find, if only, sigh, there was some place to give us change. Lotsa luck? It’s all over. We note that former congressman Anthony Weiner, who, improbably, is running for Mayor of New York, has returned to Twitter - presumably having learned discretion. That’s pressing one’s luck. On the other hand, Ms. Abedin, his wife and mother of their newish baby, stands by him,a la Hillary Clinton. All indiscreet husbands should be so lucky. In South Carolina, Mark Sanford recovered his political career, edging out Stephen’s sister Elizabeth

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Colbert Busch, despite providing his public plenty of fuel for not trusting him any more. Hey, his luck is holding: a new Argentine beauty on his arm and the Governor’s seat. Tim Cook’s been lucky, in that he’s made himself and Apple a fortune by off-shore financial shenanigans. We’re the losers on taxes. His big-money strategies are earning him a possible divorce from Apple and a probable divorce from Ireland’s haven. All we players: bad luck. Speaking of taxes, do I have time for the I.R.S.? Oh, never mind. Writer Michael D. Shear notes mixed luck in the “N. Y. Times”: “It’s better to be a tax dodger than a tax collector.” In our own 4th district, Myrtle Cole won the city council seat over Dwayne Crenshaw, despite Ms. Cole’s mailer that focused on a long-debunked accusation of Dwayne Crenshaw – her rival for the seat - and his very iffy involvement with crack cocaine. Rejecting luck altogether, Larry Remer, Ms. Cole’s advisor and the author of the mailer, defended the tactic: “This is politics,” he shrugged. If we were really lucky, we’d be more like ants: there are (at least) 100 species, sorts, sizes. “They treat each other as one big, happy family,” said Neil Tsutsui, professor of environmental science, UC Berkeley. Finally, in Israel, new political star Yali Lapid philosophied: “Israelis want peace and security and Palestinians want peace and justice – these are two very different things, and this is the real gap we have to close….Some say, ‘God will help us,’... not a very tangible idea to me. Others say,’ some problems are not to be solved.” Lotsa luck. We need all we can get.

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Spring Time and Slowing Economy

Ideal Reasons for Game Changing Leadership

By Philip C. Lee Economic stagnation calls for changes in the way we have been doing business. It’s also; a natural season for spring cleaning and planting. Consider both realities as cover to “lead change together.” The benchmark small businesses, major corporations, and not for profit organizations regularly ask the tough questions that cause change. Change if not now, when? Now! is the answer and make it game changing. Spring and turbulent times give two ideal reasons to focus on core business opportunities, high-yield clients, and your key talent. Pare down! Keep the givers and producers, release the takers and pretenders. You know who and what they are. Preserve processes that deliver what pays off and seek innovations that inspire and energize stakeholders of your organization. Easy to say - hard to do! Over 20 years ago I heard international business guru and author Peter Drucker tell an executive “during turbulent times put everything on trial for its life.” Everything pertains to people even if it is a harsh thought. Remember results are often harsh, yet always fair to high achievers. This type of accountability in the short run stretches talent and in the long run sustains successful organizations. When I conduct either our Leading Leaders and/or Leading Excellence sessions, I ask heads



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of organizations “have you ever let someone go too late?” Almost everyone raises his or her hand while they groan and roll their eyes back at the thought. When I ask, “have you ever let someone go too early” and people look around for the one or two hands raised. Most heads of businesses want accountability but hate conflict, and consequently avoid letting people go. Great organizations are where people fire themselves when they are unwilling to let go of the past, keep up with the pace and/or don’t want to be part of the organization’s future. How do you set it up so under producing talent self-select to get out of the way and let someone or something take their place that will give it all they got? Few years ago while in Singapore a wealthy young owner of a premier hotel, Starbucks Coffee franchises and other enterprise was directed to me to explore developing his top managers into leaders. He was very skeptical that he should invest in building a leadership team even though his organization was adrift. After a very brief introduction by one of his key executives he boldly said to me “it’s disappointing to develop leaders and they leave.” And I responded “it is worse to not develop them and they stay!” How can you stimulate a self-selection process that helps prune deadwood and determine who and what you give attention to? The number one difference is that managers give attention to

problems and leaders give attention to potential. We get more of what we give attention to. Accountability is the way an organization ensures that talent constantly adds value and generates game changing innovations. Savvy leadership recognizes and rewards this behavior. How are scores kept? I suggest you start this spring appraising the performance of everyone in charge of others quarterly. Devise a questionnaire that provides a one to five (1-5) score for the four or five things you expect each team member to be accountable for that actualizes the organizations vision, accomplishes its mission, and/or achieves business objectives. We call our accountability tool the Quarterly Leader’s Scorecard. Consider that game changing leadership most likely happens when you and your leaders keep score more often. Spring, summer, fall, and winter lead on! Philip C. Lee, Lead Together advises heads of large organizations worldwide and consults local business owners on why and how to effectively ” Lead Leaders” and advises managers to “Lead Excellence 24/7”. Lee is the originator of the Organization Leadership Appraisal & Giving Attention Potential Scale, Envisioning to Result Gains model, and Achievements, Goals and Challenges (AGC™) processes. He can be reached through LinkedIn or at

Human TuneUp Column by Cath Die Differently

By Cath DeStefano

Tears fell and mixed in with my frustration as I stood at the bedside of my 88 year old Aunt Marjorie. I heard myself saying over and over “This just can’t be right. No one needs to suffer going to transform society’s ideas like this. No one. It’s not right.” But suffer she did. The diagnosis around dying. Where do I sign up? was congestive heart failure. Her legs wouldn’t work anymore. She couldn’t turn herself in bed. An oxygen machine hummed continuously in the background. Incontinent. Diapers. The whole bit.

We’ve heard it before. We treat our animals better than we do our fellow humans. When they suffer, we let them go. When our fellow humans suffer, we ask them to wait until God has decided it is time.

I know this issue of how we die is a big old Pandora’s Box full of deeply held beliefs, differing values and who knows what else. All I’m asking for is a more humane way of checking out of Right then talk of death and how our bodies. we do it turned from a philosophical Cath DeStefano discussion in my mind to an in-my-face CEO Speaker Author Artist reality. There just has to be a better way. On what turned out to be the second to the last day of her life, ‘Aunt M’ looked me right in the eyes and in a strong whisper said “I wish I had committed suicide while I still had the energy.”

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Wildcat! Wildcat! at the Casbah on June 22nd on First Headline Tour By Richard Cone

“Undoubtedly one of the best tracks we’ve heard all year… these guys certainly have more in store for 2013.”— Nylon Magazine Wildcat! Wildcat!, a Los Angeles indie pop trio complete with dual falsetto vocals and contagious synth beats have been stirring up quite a buzz with just three singles released to date. Impressively enough that’s all it took to convince the powers that be that they should be cast as Alt-J’s support on their westcoast tour. Their single, “Mr. Quiche” utilizes the vocalist’s high-pitched abilities well amidst the multilayered Passion Pit reminiscent beat. The music video for “Mr. Quiche” also features a man break dancing in a cat suit. Nylon Magazine calls Wildcat! Wildcat!”…one of the five bands you have to hear in 2013.” Critically acclaimed, Wildcat! Wildcat!, after making their SXSW debut, where they caught the attention of NPR Music, Daytrotter, “Huffington Post” and BuzzFeed, are about to embark on their first-ever solo tour beginning this June with a first appearance in San Diego at the Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd San Diego on June 22. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and tickets are $10.00 and $12.00. You must be 21 with a valid ID

to attend. There also may be a small cover charge, check their website for more information. Wildcat! Wildcat! go way back. -- to middle school when they were all about 13 years old. Now all brushing or passing age 21, and after nearly eight years of playing experience, lead singers Jesse Taylor and Michael Wilson and drummer Jesse Carmichael all share more than a few strong common bonds; the propensity for making music being the obvious. Over the span of years the guys have played Wildcat! Wildcat! band members will be performing at the Casbah on June 22nd. together in one fashion or another, but didn’t delve into this Taylor, Wilson and Carmichael fall Wildcat! Wildcat!’s latest project until 2012, when it just squarely onto the plate of today’s “The Chief,” notes that, “It felt like time. Ever since, they’ve now-fashionable indie R&B. But was their Royal Tenenbaumsbeen meeting weekly at their there’s nothing minimalist about inspired calling card and flawless downtown Los Angeles recording the emotional uplift of their two aesthetic that first caught our studio/loft space and creating singles, “Mr. Quiche” and “The eye, but it wasn’t long before the those indulgent indie/electro/pop/ Chief.” Wildcat! Wildcat! is trio’s technicolor serendipity pop receiving widespread praise with had us hook, line and sinker... beats you hear today. Wildcat! Wildcat! has their name Buzz Bands L.A. admiring their Wildcat! Wildcat! create a bristling wrong. It should be Wildfire! “lush melodies, falsetto vocals, soundscape like no other.” The Wildfire! because that’s how arching harmonies, all produced band plans to release their debut EP quickly the Los Angeles trio’s first with admirable restraint.”  this summer. Visit wildcatwildcat. Neon Gold, the taste-making com for sound samples, downloads two singles have spread across the Internet. The pop concoctions of independent label who released and more information.

Happy Together Tour at Del Mar Fair, July 4 th Walk back into time on July 4th at the Del Mar Fair in “free with fair admission” show “The Happy Together Tour 2013”, starring The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere & The Raiders, and Gary Lewis & The Playboys. What a nostalgic lineup. Leave the kids on the funway with a fistful of ride tickets and spend 90 minutes being transported right back to the mid-1960’s! In the three years since The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie brought back some friends for the 25th Anniversary Tour in 2010, “Happy Together” has become one of the most successful summer tours in existence, constantly hitting the road and celebrating the music of the 60’s for thousands of “Happy” fans to enjoy across North America. This year’s Happy Together Tour will begin on Saturday, June 8 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi and subsequently land in more than fifty cities across the United States and Canada on a trek that is expected to last through early October.

“Happy Together Tour 2013 will be the biggest and most successful tour we have done in the past seven years,” states Mark Volman (aka “Flo”) of The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie. “It’s 54 cities over 9 weeks, and the groups on this year’s show bring with them hours of hit songs and memories certain to please every fan of the 1960’s. We are so excited to be a part of this great show. You don’t want to miss it!” In all, the five artists on this year’s tour have over sixty Top 40 hits to choose from, including six number one songs. Entrance is free with fair admis-

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Dining Scene


World Famous—“What’s In A Name?” by David Rottenberg Here’s the riddle for the day: Is “World Famous” a name or a description? When talking about the restaurant in Pacific Beach, both are correct. Just like Pink’s in Los Angeles and The Palm in Beverly Hills, people all over the world know World Famous. It is difficult to find anywhere a restaurant that offers the excellent cuisine and ambiance yet in a casual setting. World Famous can really be considered to be world famous. Deiter May, the owner of the restaurant, told me that the interior had been recently renovated. The restaurant was founded in 1970, 43 years ago, and often is updated. The interior looked really good. But most people hardly notice it. Most eyes immediately turn to the glass windows that surround on three sides, opening to breathtaking ocean views.

The restaurant is located right on the boardwalk. If it were closer to the water, diners could catch their own dinners. But it is close enough to the sand for stunning daylight views of the many tanned and shapely bodies playing in the sun. And, at sunset, it often offers glorious views of the light and colors as the glowing orb of the sun extinguishes itself in the sea. The patio is actually enclosed for comfort but so much light streams through the windows during daytime that one feels as if one were dining outside. During the summer, it is a lot cooler. In addition to the great ambiance, the cuisine is sensational. The chef is Chris Bates. That is, the recipes are by Chef Bates. He now spends much of his time cooking at the sister restaurant, Fat Fish, which is located just a few blocks away. He was the

The crab cake Florentine is a tasty version of poached eggs on potato crusted crab cakes with hand whipped hollandaise and fresh spinach.

The patio is enclosed for comfort but so much light streams through the windows during daytime.

chef at World Famous for years and personally taught his secrets to the chefs now working. Chef Bates frequently comes by to make sure that his recipes and standards are being followed. A self-taught chef who learned his craft by working under a number of well known other chefs, he is not constrained in his imaginative creations. His style is based on French ideas, with Pacific Rim overtones but his sauces are light and piquant. Many of his dishes come with distinctive sauces to amplify flavors. “I like to combine flavors in my foods. So, I’ll add honey for a touch of sweetness where the overlying flavor might be tart. I’ll use jalapeno to create a sense of spice along with other tastes,” Bates added. The restaurant is open from 7 a.m. to midnight, long hours to accommodate the nearby hotel guests. The breakfast menu is another clear example of the creativity of Chef Bates. For example, omelets are more than mixed up eggs. The crab cake Florentine is a tasty version of poached eggs on potato crusted crab cakes with hand whipped hollandaise and fresh spinach. A plain veggie omelet is transcended by Santa Cruz pesto veg with pesto, asparagus, cauliflower, broccoli,

zucchini, mushrooms and cheeses. Creativity continues with lunch. There are traditional items such as California grilled chicken sandwich and famous beach burger. But wouldn’t it be more fun to start with nut-crusted brie and then bite into Sierra Mar grilled white sea bass, char-grilled cold water white sea bass served over fresh avocado? Dinners can be enjoyed as day end until late at night. The restaurant is open until midnight. Menus are printed daily to reflect what is fresh. Only the freshest and finest ingredients are used. The emphasis is on seafood, although beef and pasta offerings are listed as well. Crunchy jumbo shrimp and pan seared scallops are great starters. The sesame coated shrimp come with a tangy chili sauce. The scallops are served on top of a delightful small potato pancake. World Famous is deservedly “world famous” because of its location, ambiance and cuisine by Chef Bates. Yet prices are moderate. One can enjoy without breaking the bank. Valet parking is available. Reservations can be made, although weekend reservations are taken only for parties of six or more. The restaurant is located at 711 Pacific Beach Drive. Call (858) 272-3100 for information, reservations or directions.

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Thru Jul. 7

n Art Exhibition – Piranesi, Rome and The Art of Design, will transport audiences from the gallery to the cobblestone streets of Rome at the San Diego Museum of Art. For tickets and information, visit

June 1

n Back to the Beach, Makua’s annual fundraiser benefiting Voices for Children’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program, is a 1950’s style island party at the beautiful Kona Kai Resort on San Diego’s Shelter Island. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on exciting and unique experiences such as a week sailing on the luxury yacht. The evening will culminate with dancing to the rocking sounds of Jocko and the Rockets, featuring Jocko from the Sha Na Na TV show, veteran of the movie “Grease,” and the Woodstock Festival. For information, visit n Maritime Museum – world-renowned, awardwinning ambassador of the floral industry, René van Rems, will demonstrate design work inspired by what is below the water. Admission is free to Maritime Museum and membership cards must be shown. Tickets are $20 for nonmembers and include admission to the museum as well as the presentation. For information, visit or call 619-234-9153. n “Art Around Adams 2013: Ten Years on the Avenue.” Join us with Live Music, Impromptu Galleries, Performance Art, Interactive Installations and more, with over 100 performers and artists. Begin the journey on Adams Avenue from Oregon St. to Vista St. in the Normal Heights and Kensington communities of San Diego (92116) from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. For information, visit,

June 4 & 5

n Wellness Expo for Family Caregivers and Health Professionals: Renew – Recharge – Revitalize n Features keynote presentation entitled, “Compassion Fatigue.” This event takes place at College Avenue Baptist Church, 4747 College Avenue, San Diego, CA 92115 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information, call 1-800-827-4277), or visit

June 6

n Scottish fiddle virtuoso Jamie Laval returns to dizzy’s for a passionate, intimate performance with Irish-style guitarist Max Newman at 7:30 p.m. $20 cover ($10 students) ) and are held in the showroom of San Diego Jet Ski Rentals, located at 4275 Mission Bay Drive at Rosewood Street, San Diego 92109 on the Southern edge of Pacific Beach.

June 7

n STORELINES with Jim Storey guitar, Lynn Willard keyboard, Gary Nieves drums, & Ignacio Arango bass at 8 p.m. $15 cover ($10 Students) and are held in the showroom of San Diego Jet Ski Rentals, located at 4275 Mission Bay Drive at Rosewood Street, San Diego 92109 on the Southern edge of Pacific Beach.

June 8

n The San Diego Diplomacy Council (SCCD), a North Park-based nonprofit that promotes peace and understanding through professional and cultural international exchanges, will honor Marisa Ugarte, executive director of the Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition (BSCC), and the Downtown San Diego Breakfast Rotary as global “Citizen Diplomats of the Year” at the annual Diplomacy Day Luncheon, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Town & County Resort’s Tiki Pavilion, in Mission Valley. Tickets are available at n The San Diego County Medical Society & The San Diego County Medical Society Foundation present: 2013 White Coat Gala at Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine, 3777 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego, CA, 92122 from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The San Diego County Medical Society Foundation addresses the unmet Healthcare needs of low-income San Diego County residents who are uninsured or underinsured. Cost/Registration: $100 SDCMS members and guest; $150 non-members. For information n The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank’s 2013 gala fundraiser, Foodtasia: A fantasy of food and fun, will take place at the Food Bank’s warehouse facility located in Miramar from 6 p.m. until midnight Tickets for Foodtasia are

$250 and $2,500 for a table of ten. Contact Sandy Rabourne at 858-863-5121 for tickets.

n A Boogie Woogie Blowout featuring two dynamic piano stylists rockin’ the 88’s: Sue Palmer & Taryn Donath – each performing with their rhythm section at 8 p.m. $15 cover ($10 students) ) and are held in the showroom of San Diego Jet Ski Rentals, located at 4275 Mission Bay Drive at Rosewood Street, San Diego 92109 on the Southern edge of Pacific Beach. n Celebrate the Fifth anniversary of the Little Italy Mercato Farmers Market at a special ticketed chefs’ tasting event, Feast of Flavors, at Amici Park, adjacent to the farmers’ market. Tickets are $25 each ($20 when purchased online by June 1st) and a portion of proceeds will support the new community garden at Little Italy’s Washington Elementary School. n Jill Courtemanche Millinery offers a class to trim your own, custom mini-top hat, just in time for opening day of the Del Mar Races. She will have the top hats already made, and provide you with all the flowers, feathers, veiling and ribbon you can imagine. The class is from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Courtemenche’s Studio, located at 410 South Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach. The class is $195 per person and is limited to six students. For information and to register, visit www. or call 858-876-6353.

June 8 & 9

n Visit the San Diego Potters’ Guild’s spring sale in Balboa Park, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Located in the Park’s Spanish Village patio area, the sale features thousands of pieces of handmade ceramics by many of San Diego’s finest potters. Spanish Village is located south of the Zoo on Village Place.   For information call the Guild at (619) 239-0507 or visit www. n San Diego’s original urban culinary walking tour and epicurean adventure, the 20th Annual Taste of Gaslamp presented by Samuel Adams returns to the historic Gaslamp Quarter from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. To learn more, visit

June 9

n Prepare to be awed by fantastic performances from the region’s most talented young musicians in San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory (SDYS). The Ovation Concerts program will be at the California Center for the Arts. Escondido and will include Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35, to be performed by the exceptional SDYS Concerto Competition Winner Jasmine Wang. The Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonica will perform at 4 p.m. Tickets are available at www. or by calling 619-233-3232x115. n Scripps Health will host free public celebrations throughout the month of June for local cancer survivors, families, friends and the community at large at each of its five hospital campuses across San Diego County, as part of the 26th annual National Cancer Survivors Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Register by calling 858-554-8533.

June 11

n Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla Schaetzel Center, located at 9888 Genesee Ave., La Jolla, is offering inspirational stories of cancer survival, presentations on the latest treatment advances, refreshments and opportunities to connect caregivers and fellow survivors from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Register by calling 1-800-SCRIPPS. The programs are open to all residents impacted by cancer, regardless of where treatment was received.

June 12

n The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center is holding its 1st Annual ‘Transformed Treasures’ Silent Auction and Luncheon which will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the beautiful Marina Village Conference Center on Mission Bay in the Bayview Room and benefits the San Diego ARC. Local San Diego artists were invited to make over items found at Salvation Army Family Stores to be auctioned off at the event. For tickets and information, call (619) 239-4037 ext. 315. n Robin Henkel Band with Whitney Shay performs from 8 to 10 p.m. at ArtLab Studios, at 3536 Adams Ave., Normal Heights. All ages are invited. Donations accepted. For information, call 619-283-1151.

June 14

n Creative contrabass mentor Bert Turetzky & narrator Chuck Perrin present an improvised fusion of words & music: one set channeling the love sonnets of Pablo Neruda, & another – the stream of consciousness poet of Jack Kerouac, with Bob Weller on piano & Charlie Weller percussion at 8 p.m. $15 cover ($10 students) and are held in the showroom of San Diego Jet Ski Rentals, located at 4275 Mission Bay Drive at Rosewood Street, San Diego 92109 on the Southern edge of Pacific Beach.

June 15

n 1000 Family Rummage Sale with everything you can imagine, and more, will take place from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego, 4190 Front St, San Diego (Hillcrest) 92103. For information, visit or call (619) 298.9978. n In honor of Paul McCartney’s birthday – a tribute to his music lovingly performed by guitar virtuoso Fred Benedetti & his vocalist daughters Regina & Julia, with special multiinstrumentalist Jeff Pekarek at 8 p.m. $10 cover and are held in the showroom of San Diego Jet Ski Rentals, located at 4275 Mission Bay Drive at Rosewood Street, San Diego 92109 on the Southern edge of Pacific Beach.

June 15 & 16

n The Maritime Museum of San Diego invites you to the Father’s Day celebration aboard the 145’ schooner Californian on either Saturday June 15 or Sunday, June 16. The sail begins with a souvenir photo of all in your party. Each adult receives a delicious bratwurst sandwich, chips and a cold beer prior to sailing. Photos will be taken from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and the four hour sailing trip will begin boarding at 12/noon and returns at 4:30 p.m.. Tickets are available at or call (619)234-9153 ext. 10l.

June 17

n Robin Henkel Band with Horns! Dancing from 7 to 11 p.m. at Humphrey’s Backstage, free, 21 and up, at 2241 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego. For information call 619-224-3411.

June 18

n San Diego Floral Association is pleased to introduce Terence Eagan at its annual June Dinner and lecture. Eagan is both a creative artist and a fine craftsman and as such has fine tuned a technique called faux bois, a unique and useful procedure that both creates garden art and preserves it in settings with concrete and sculpture. He has found an important niche at the Huntington Gardens. Here he is making possible the restoration and preservation of deteriorating garden settings that have been loved and cherished for a 100 years. Dinner is at Casa del Prado Bldg #101, Balboa Park at 6 p.m. reservations and required and tickets are $20.

June 22

n McAlister Institute will hold its second annual 5K Walk for Sobriety ( at NTC Park at Liberty Station. Proceeds from the event benefit McAlister Institute a nonprofit organization dedicated to the compassionate care and treatment of individuals and families suffering from addiction, mental illness, and homelessness. To join the celebration, visit The walk will be a “fundraise-to-enter” event, so all participants are asked to raise at least $35 per adult and $5 per child (ages 12 and under). All proceeds will benefit McAlister Institute’s 26 programs and the 2,500 individuals they serve each month. n Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego Our Lady’s Chapel, 4077 Fifth Ave., San Diego, Calif. 92103, is holding a National Cancer Survivors Day from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Register by calling 619-686-3566. The events are designed to celebrate those who have survived, inspire the recently diagnosed, offer support to family and loved ones and recognize those who have provided support along the way. n Gilert Castellanos presents “The Young Lion Series” – a night of hard bop & original compositions from five young musicians ranging in age from 15-18 years old. Featuring Kyle Myers alto saxophone, Nathan Collins tenor saxophone, Joel Wenhardt piano, Ryan Shaw drums, & Maxwell Vinetz bass, with special guest Gilbert Castellanos trumpet at 8 p.m. $15 cover ($10 students) and are

held in the showroom of San Diego Jet Ski Rentals, located at 4275 Mission Bay Drive at Rosewood Street, San Diego 92109 on the Southern edge of Pacific Beach.

n The Point Loma Artists Association will hold its annual “Art in the Park” exhibit featuring paintings, sculpture, glass, wood and textiles all created by local artists from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the grassy area around the Harvey Point Loma Library, 3701 Voltaire Street, Point Loma, 92106. For information, visit

June 22 – 23

n Nearly 200 artists from throughout the west will exhibit at the 27th Annual La Jolla Festival of the Art from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at UCSD Warren Field. With media ranging from life-sized sculpture to delicate silk prints, there is truly something for everyone. For information, visit

June 23

n F irst Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego 4190 Front St, San Diego (Hillcrest) 92103 at 1 p.m. room 323 will host a topic on Humanists Film Discussion Group: Mandela. Watch and discuss a stirring documentary about his rise from a tribal leader. His law practice, imprisonment, and election as president of South Africa. For information, call 619-298-9978 or visit n Solo explorations with creative jazz piano phenom Joshua White at 7 p.m., $15 cover ($10 students) and are held in the showroom of San Diego Jet Ski Rentals, located at 4275 Mission Bay Drive at Rosewood Street, San Diego 92109 on the Southern edge of Pacific Beach.

June 26

n Robin Henkel Band with Whitney Shay performs from 8 to 10 p.m. at ArtLab Studios, at 3536 Adams Ave., Normal Heights. All ages are invited. Donations are accepted. For information, call 619-283-1151. n Warwick’s and Words Alive will present Khaled Hosseini in Conversation. Khaled Hosseini, the #1 “New York Times” bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. He will discuss his newest novel, “And the Mountains Echoed with Martha Barnette,” at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 700 Prospect St., La Jolla, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $32 and available only through Eventbrite at n Join the San Diego Police Foundation and “America’s Finest” officers for the “Friends of the Badge Luncheon, at the Valley View Casino Center (formerly the San Diego Sports Arena) at 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., San Diego, CA 92110-4919 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost for the luncheon is $100 per person, with tables for $1,000. For information, visit www. or call (619) 232-2130.

June 30

n Robin Henkel Band with Horns! Blues, Jazz, Swing, Steel Guitar Music at Lestat’s, at 3343 Adams Ave., Normal Heights, at 8 p.m. Cost is $8/person All ages are invited. For information, call 619-282-0437. n Keltik Kharma CD release event featuring Chris Vitas electric violin, Jeff Pekarek bass, Peter Sprague guitar, Duncan Moore drums with special guest Lori Bell flute & piano at 7 p.m. $15 cover ($10 students) and are held in the showroom of San Diego Jet Ski Rentals, located at 4275 Mission Bay Drive at Rosewood Street, San Diego 92109 on the Southern edge of Pacific Beach.

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Mission Hills Branch Library June 2013 Events Children’s Craft Time

June 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th (Every Saturday) at 10:30 a.m.

Kids can develop their artistic skills while enjoying a fun craft time.

Signing Storytime

June 3rd & 17th from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. Twice a month, babies, toddlers, and preschoolers can have fun while learning sign language

Pajama Storytime

June 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th (Every Tuesday) 6:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Children are invited to an evening storytime with books and possibly singing and puppets. Feel free to come dressed in your pajamas.

LEGO Playtime

June 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th (Every Wednesday) 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Kids can have fun and get creative while building with LEGOs.

Mission Hills Book Group June 6th from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

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DANCE & Musical Theatre Get into shape, feel beautiful, graceful, and get in touch with your creativity. Classes for Kids and Adults in North Park. Kids Musical Theatre, Pre-dance for 3-5, Adults—Broadway Stars Jazz, Classical Ballet, Contemporary, and Tap.  call 619.501.4821

Voices for Children is determined to help each and every child in San Diego’s foster care system. Meeting this ambitious goal means a CASA volunteer for every foster child who needs one. It means we must have the community’s help.

It means we need you. Become a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and make a difference in the life of a foster child. Go to or call 858-598-2235 for location.

The Mission Hills Book Group will discuss “The Iliad” by Homer. New members are always welcome to attend and participate! Please read the book beforehand. Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk while supplies last. Note: This month’s meeting will be at Mission Hills Books & Collectibles, located at 4054 Goldfinch St.

Preschool Storytime

June 7th, 14th, 21th & 28th (Every Friday) 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Children are invited to a fun storytime with books and possibly singing and puppets.

Summer Reading Program: Wild Wonders June 10th at 10:30 a.m.

In the first event of the library’s annual Summer Reading Program, Wild Wonders will bring real wild animals to the library. Children will get an up-close look while an instructor tells them about each animal.

Free Author Talk:

Growing Up in Postwar West Berlin June 12th at 6:30 p.m.

J. Elke Ertle, author of “Walled-In: A West Berlin Girl’s Journey to Freedom,” will share her experiences of growing up in postwar West Berlin among the mounting East-West tension that led to the Berlin Blockade, the Berlin Airlift, and the construction of the Berlin Wall.

Book Sale

June 15th from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Friends of the Mission Hills Branch Library will hold a book sale. Come by and stock up on books while supporting your Library.

Summer Reading Program: Wild Wonders June 17th at 10:30 a.m.

Hullabaloo will perform children’s music that even the adults will enjoy.

Summer Reading Program: Extreme Rahim June 24 at 10:30 a.m.

Extreme Rahim will perform magic, comedy, and ventriloquism for children of all ages.

Mystery Book Group

June 26th from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The Mystery Book Group will discuss a mystery novel. New members are always welcome to attend and participate. Please read the book beforehand. Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk while supplies last.

Mission Hills Branch Library

925 West Washington Street San Diego, CA 92103 • 619.692.4910

Grace Lutheran Church and Preschool Our website is: Sunday School and Bible Study is at 9:00 a.m. The Divine Service is at 10:00 a.m. and a Wednesday evening Communion service at 6:00 p.m.

Grace Lutheran Preschool 6 months to Pre-K directed by Rexanna Blas

UNIVERSAL SPIRIT CENTER A Center for Spiritual Living

Rev. Kevin Bucy, Senior Minister 858 Front Street (at University and Front Streets) San Diego, CA 92103 Extra parking across the street at Florence School

(619) 291-4728

SUNDAY MORNING GATHERINGS 8:00 a.m.   Meditative with full message 10:00 a.m. Music-filled gathering (with Youth Ministry available)

11:30 a.m. Music-filled gathering

Wednesday Night Gathering at 7:00 p.m. every Wednesday



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Civic Calendar Hillcrest

1st Tuesday

UPTOWN PLANNERS Joyce Beers Hall in Uptown Mall. 6:30 p.m.

1st Thursday

UPTOWN PARTNERSHIP 3101 Fifth Ave. Call (619)298-2541. 4:30 p.m.

Thursdays 7 - 8:30 pm

SAN DIEGO UPTOWN ROTARYCLUB The Uptown Rotary Club has moved to their new home at Jimmy Carter’s Mexican Cafe, 3172 Spruce at the corner of 5th. Breakfast meetings are held every Thursday 7 to 8:30 a.m. Guests are welcome to attend a meeting to learn how to become part of this dynamic organization and see why their motto is “Service Above Self.” For information, visit www. or call 619-894-0140.

Kensignton-Talmadge 2nd Wednesday

KENSINGTON-TALMADGE PLANNING COMMITTEE Kensington Community Church. 6:30 p.m. For information, call (619) 284-0551

Linda Vista

2nd Monday

LVCPC Agenda– LINDAVISTACOMMUNITY PLANNING COMMITTEE AGENDA Linda Vista Library meeting room. Contact Jeff Perwin at 1-619-806-9559 for details 6 pm.

3rd Tuesday

Tech Committee - Technology Committee Bayside Community Center. Contact Xiongh Thao for detail at (858) 278-0771 or email or Info@ or visit our website

3rd Wednesday

LV Historical– LINDAVISTAHISTORICALCOMMITTEE Bayside Community Center. This committee is collecting  historical photos, documents and memories of Linda Vista’s past. For more information, contact Eleanor Frances Sennet at (858) 277-3817. 4 p.m. LVCollab– LINDAVISTACOLLABORATIVE Bayside Community Center at 3pm. Contact Monica  Fernandez at 858-278-0771 or For details visit

3rd Wednesday (Odd Months)

TCCAC– TECOLOTE CANYON CITIZEN’S ADVISORYCOMMITTEE Tecolote Nature Center. Contact Eloise Battle for details. 7 p.m.

3rd Thursday

Linda Vista Town Council Baha’i Faith Center Alcala Knoll Drive Contact Thomas Kaye 858-277-6793 at 6:30 p.m.

4th Monday

LVCPC– LINDAVISTACOMMUNITY PLANNING COMMITTEE Linda Vista Library Meeting Room. Contact Ed Cramer at (619) 222-2047 for details. 7:00 p.m.

4th Wednesday

LVPC – Linda Vista Planning Committee monthly meeting. Linda Vista Library Meeting Room at 6 pm. Contact Jeff Perwin 619-806-9559 for details, minutes and agenda at Linda Vista View Linda Vista Town Council Community Newsletter Contact Thomas Kaye at 858-278-6973

Various Wednesdays

LVNewsletter– LINDAVISTAVIEW Civic Association Community Newsletter. Bayside  Community Center. Contact Sarah Granby at (858) 405-7135 or e-mail 2:00 p.m.

Mission Hills

June 26, 2013

 ission Hills Garden Club. On June 26 Ben Zlotnick who M majored in ornamental horticulture will share information about wild birds and how to attract them. Meetings are from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mission Hills Nursery, 1525 Fort Stockton Drive. Members are free; guests pay $10.00, which you may apply toward your membership if you join that night.  For information, visit

Ocean Beach

OCEAN BEACH PLANNING BOARD Ocean Beach Recreation Center, 4726 Santa Monica Ave. Call (619) 523-1700. 7 - 9:30 p.m.

4th Wednesday

OCEAN BEACH TOWN COUNCIL Ocean Beach Recreation Center, 4726 Santa Monica Avenue. Call Jere Battan at (619) 515-4400 for information. 7 p.m.

Point Loma

June 12, 2013

 oint Loma Garden Club. New officers for Point Loma P Garden Club will be installed at a luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Frost Room at the San Diego Yacht Club. Special guest, Lucy Warren, co-author of “The California Native Landscape---The Homeowner’s Guide to Restoring Its Beauty and Balance” --- will preside at the installation of the officers. The annual Garden Club luncheon also will feature the presentation of Club Awards and entertainment by Added Attraction, an all-male quartet. More info at:

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2838 Eagle Street

Bright, airy Mid-Century Modern home in South Mission Hills with abundant outdoor living space. 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths. Large, lush backyard with mature trees and California natives provides more than ample space for entertaining and relaxing. Custom-designed hardscaping. Large deck off dining room offers views to the cruise ships by day and downtown skyline and Embarcadero fireworks at night. French doors off the bedroom lead to a deck overlooking the garden.

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This graph shows the sales price per square foot for the four of the best urban neighborhoods. As in the other chart, it appears the price structure among the neighborhoods is compressing when comparing 2005 and 2012-2013. I think this is occurring because of demographic changes in the City that started about thirty years ago. The supply of land and homes in the metro area is fixed and the effects of economic and social ‘clustering’, along with the economic recovery, have boosted demand in formerly ignored neighborhoods. The subject of next month’s Market Report is going to look at the next best places to buy in the urban area. I made this graph as I thought there was a price-bubble developing in North Park, comparing it to sales in the 92103 zip code. These two real estate markets have traditionally traded with about the same pricing differential but it now appears either Mission Hills and Hillcrest have lost favor with buyers, or there is a market distortion occurring in the 92104. I suspect the latter but it is probably justified. The rapidly improving commercial districts in North Park are beginning to rival their richer more established cousins to the west. Given better home affordability than in the 92103 zip code, it is no wonder North Park is seeing higher relative price appreciation. Scott & Quinn has three offices, in Mission Hills at 1111 Fort Stockton Drive, in Normal Heights at 30th and Adams Avenue, and in South Park at 2973 Beech Street. The company also features Scott & Quinn Property Management. Founded in 1982, Scott & Quinn is the oldest full service real estate firm in Mission Hills and is still locally owned and operated. Jim has been a homeowner in Mission Hills since 1976. Jim’s past Market Reports dating from 1997 are on the company web site at Jim Scott, Broker, DRE #830226, 619-920-9511

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